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The Resource End of the megafauna : the fate of the world's hugest, fiercest, and strangest animals, Ross D.E. MacPhee ; with illustrations by Peter Schouten

End of the megafauna : the fate of the world's hugest, fiercest, and strangest animals, Ross D.E. MacPhee ; with illustrations by Peter Schouten

Label
End of the megafauna : the fate of the world's hugest, fiercest, and strangest animals
Title
End of the megafauna
Title remainder
the fate of the world's hugest, fiercest, and strangest animals
Statement of responsibility
Ross D.E. MacPhee ; with illustrations by Peter Schouten
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Illustrator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The fascinating lives and puzzling demise of some of the largest animals on earth. Until a few thousand years ago, creatures that could have been from a sci-fi thriller--including gorilla-sized lemurs, 800-pound birds, crocodiles that weighed a ton or more--roamed the earth. These great beasts, or "megafauna," lived on every habitable continent and on many islands. With a handful of exceptions, all are now gone. What caused the disappearance of these prehistoric behemoths? No one event can be pinpointed as a specific cause, but several factors may have played a role. Paleomammologist Ross D.E. MacPhee explores them all, examining the leading extinction theories, weighing the evidence, and presenting his own conclusions. He shows how theories of human overhunting and catastrophic climate change fail to account for critical features of these extinctions, and how new thinking is needed to elucidate these mysterious losses. Along the way, we learn how time is determined in earth history; how DNA is used to explain the genomics and phylogenetic history of megafauna--and how synthetic biology and genetic engineering may be able to reintroduce these giants of the past. Until then, gorgeous four-color illustrations by Peter Schouten re-create these megabeasts here in vivid detail."--
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MacPhee, R. D. E
Dewey number
591.4/1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
  • QL88
  • QL799
LC item number
  • .M237 2019
  • .M3227 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Schouten, Peter
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  • Extinct animals
  • Extinction (Biology)
  • Animals
  • Morphology (Animals)
  • Body size
  • Extinct animals
  • Extinction (Biology.)
Label
End of the megafauna : the fate of the world's hugest, fiercest, and strangest animals, Ross D.E. MacPhee ; with illustrations by Peter Schouten
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Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-223) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface : Lost in near time -- Big -- "This sudden dying out" -- The world before us -- The hominin diaspora -- Explaining near time extinctions : first attempts -- Paul Martin and the planet of doom : overkill ascendant -- Action and reaction -- Overkill now -- Where are the bodies, and other objections to overkill -- More objections : betrayal from within? -- Other ideas : the search continues -- Extinction matters -- Epilogue : Can the megafauna live again? -- Appendix : Dating near time
Control code
on1043348097
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 236 pages
Isbn
9780393249293
Lccn
2018029730
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1043348097
Label
End of the megafauna : the fate of the world's hugest, fiercest, and strangest animals, Ross D.E. MacPhee ; with illustrations by Peter Schouten
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-223) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface : Lost in near time -- Big -- "This sudden dying out" -- The world before us -- The hominin diaspora -- Explaining near time extinctions : first attempts -- Paul Martin and the planet of doom : overkill ascendant -- Action and reaction -- Overkill now -- Where are the bodies, and other objections to overkill -- More objections : betrayal from within? -- Other ideas : the search continues -- Extinction matters -- Epilogue : Can the megafauna live again? -- Appendix : Dating near time
Control code
on1043348097
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 236 pages
Isbn
9780393249293
Lccn
2018029730
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1043348097

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